As if we didn't get enough hot ball swirling, fondling, picking, cracking action this weekend, UEFA will be back in just a few hours to determine the Round of 16 match-ups in the Champions League. (And the Round of 32 match-ups in the Europa League, but we once again don't have to care about that, thankfully.)
You have a few options to watch this ... spectacle? One can only hope it'll be a less boring and less drawn out production than Saturday's Euro 2016 draw. The easiest way to catch the action live is to just head over to UEFA.com and watch their livestream, but if you want to see it in the full glory of your widescreen HDTV, here are your options.
Date / Time: Monday, December 14, 2015, 11:00 GMT; 6am EST; 4:30pm IST
Venue: UEFA headquarters, Nyon, Switzerland
On TV: BT Sport Europe (UK); Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes (USA); Ten Action (India); elsewhere
Streaming online: BT Sport (UK); Fox Soccer2Go (USA); Ten Sports Live (India); UEFA (int'l)
As group winners, Chelsea have six options for the first knockout round, all the eight runner-ups except Arsenal (same association) and Dynamo Kiev (same group). Here they are, in your order of preference from last week's polling.
- KAA GENT — The Belgian champions were the overwhelming winner of the poll with over 70% of voters preferring what's considered the easiest team left standing among the remaining sweet 16. Chelsea have never faced Gent (not to be confused with Genk) in competitive action.
- PSV — Staying in the Low Countries, the Dutch champions (9% of the vote) may look weak at first glance, but they did help consign Manchester United to the Europa League. PSV are the current home of former Chelsea youth prospect Jeffrey Bruma.
- PSG — With 8% of the vote, Paris Saint-Germain come third. It would also be the third year in a row that we'd come up against the dominant force in French football. Two years ago, we got that wonderful winner from Demba Ba to progress. Last year, we were eliminated in a most painful way by David Luiz & Co, down a man and at the Bridge. Does that mean we're even and we need a third year to decide the series winner? Could be fun.
- AS Roma — This would be an interesting match-up just for all the Mohamed Salah eligibility issues we'd have to examine. Is he officially a Roma player? Is he technically still on loan and is he thus unavailable? Or is he available like Courtois was back in his Atlético days? Roma got 6% of the vote.
- Benfica — A surprising 5th with just 4% of the vote, the Portuguese champions always provide a tough challenge. Though we did beat them to win the Europa League in 2013, as well as in 2012 on our way to ultimate triumph in Munich.
- Juventus — The defending Italian champions started the season almost as badly as Chelsea did, but they have recovered faster and more impressively and are now back in the thick of the Scudetto action. They have lost just two games in the last two and a half months and they would pose a very big threat indeed. Only 3% of voters preferred to face the best (well, worst and toughest) possible option at this juncture.
As the top seed, Chelsea will play the away leg first (end of February). The teams progressing from this round will enter a new (unseeded) draw for the quarterfinals. But let's not get ahead of ourselves...